Sarah Patterson

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M.A., University at Albany
B.A., Oklahoma City University

sepatterson@albany.edu

My research interests include issues surrounding gender, medicine and public policy. Specifically, I am examining the early birth control movement, before the dominance of the subsequently most well known participants. My dissertation Being Careful: The United States, Great Britain and the Struggle to Dispense Contraceptive Knowledge uses a transnational approach to compare and contrast the situation in these two countries. The constant flow of people and ideas substantially impacted the trajectory of the movement in both directions. The inception of the birth control movement coincided with a more wide spread move towards the medicalization of all facets of reproduction. Historians of the United States have argued that this medicalization was problematic and disempowering for women. By examining the two countries together it is possible to explore the results of medicalization to determine if it alone was indeed a major medium for enforcing women's subordination.

Sarah Patterson